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May 2018

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Dear readers,

In April we celebrated our first, successful Expat Welcome Event. Mayor Lenferink welcomed dozens of new international inhabitants of the Leiden region. This month, it is time to show your strength and persistence. On 27 May 27th the Leiden Marathon Leiden will takes place. Sign up with your family or neighbours, or take up the challenge by yourself. You can expect many other outdoor activities as well. Do you have questions for the Expat Centre Leiden? Feel free to visit us on Mondays or Wednesdays at a time that suits you. 

Enjoy the read!

Corine van der Ceelen

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Warm welcome for internationals 

Expat Centre Leiden organised its first ‘Welcome Event’ for ‘internationals'. During this evening mayor Lenferink welcomed dozens of new international inhabitants of the Leiden region.

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30%-ruling reduced to 5 years

The Dutch State Secretary of Finance proposed to reduce the maximum term of the 30%-ruling from 8 years to 5 years.

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Introduction new BMW i3 and i3S

BMW/MINI dealership Van Poelgeest introduced the new BMW i3 and i3s in their showroom in Noordwijk. In addition, a sporty model is now available: the BMW i3s.

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What's your experience with Dutch schools?

Are your children going to school in the Netherlands? Or are you looking for a school? Please help the Dutch Ministry of Education by filling in their survey about your experiences and the possible barriers you faced.

Polder Day

May 10th

Zoeterwoude - Dry feet on the pedals. Grab a bicycle on 10 May 2018: Ascension Day and Polder Day. Discover the power of water and the ingenuity of man at the pumping station or Polder mill.

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National Windmill Day

May 12th

'Windmill Day' is the annual windmill event, with many activities such as baking pancakes, markets, storytelling and music events. More than 700 windmills take part! Take a look at the activities in the area. 

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Japan Market

May 20th

Leiden - Allow yourself to be lured in by a choice of over 75 market stalls brimming with a wide variety of Japanese products. Become acquainted with every aspect of the rich, diverse Japanese culture and history. 

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World Fair

May 21st

Leiden - Museum Volkenkunde is organizing the World Fair in collaboration with Wereldse Markten. Browse around the market, discover flavors and the finest handmade and fair trade products from all around the world.

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Leiden Marathon

May 27th

Leiden - The 28th edition of the Leiden Holland Marathon will take place on Sunday 27 May. Besides the 42 km race, the event will also feature several shorter distance races.

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The green meeting activities


Zoeterwoude - You don’t have to go far for beautiful nature. The Noordelijk Noord Aa region provides you with a lovely backyard where you can relax in the middle of the countryside and natural surroundings.

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Kid's workshop programming a robot

May 27th

Leiden - Do your kids love building things with Lego and technology? During this workshop they will create a fantastic robot from Lego bricks. But they will also have to make it move! 

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Ethnic jewellery from Asia and Africa

Until June 1st

Leiderdorp - The Leiderdorps Museum hosts an exhibition of a private collection of ethnic jewellery from Asia and Africa from 14 January to 1 June 2018. 

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More activities?

Would you like to see more activities? Visit our event page! Every day we will provide the latest activities in the Leiden region relevant for non-Dutch speakers.

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